“Primary schools which fail to teach times tables by heart are condemning children to a lifetime struggling with numbers, [Ofsted] inspectors have warned.” (The Telegraph)
A report by Ofsted, the schools watchdog, found that:
“Many primary schools fail to teach the times tables properly”.
It also condemned a modern teaching method which replaces traditional learning with “chunking” numbers as “cumbersome and confusing”. The method, which often baffles parents, was described as “cumbersome and confusing”, particularly for the lower attaining pupils that it was initially introduced to help.
“If we don’t get it right at primary, then it becomes much harder for children to catch up” (Education Secretary)
(Article source: Telegraph)